* Eizenkot: Hezbollah Remains Israel's Top Priority "The Northern front and Hezbollah remain the IDF's highest priority," IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said Wednesday at an event marking 11 years to the Second Lebanon War.
* UK election result: How the world reacted The result of the UK election, with the ruling Conservatives unexpectedly losing their overall majority, has sent shockwaves across Europe and beyond.
* Lines In The Sand: Qatar's Increasing Isolation In The Arab World An alliance of pro-US Sunni Arab states is emerging.
* Top Israeli Intel Official: Threat Of Iran's Mideast Dominance 'Immediate‚' Concern among officials about Iran's influence - and what is believed to be its goal of forming a land corridor from Tehran to Beirut - has grown.
* Iran Blames Saudi Arabia for Islamic State Parliament, Ayatollah Shrine Rampage The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have accused Saudi Arabia of organizing an Islamic State attack on Iran's Parliament and the shrine of the leader of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
* Raqqa: US-backed forces advance in IS 'capital' US-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the western part of so-called Islamic State's "capital" of Raqqa, they and a monitor report.
* Is an independent Kurdistan in the offing? Iraqi Kurds to hold referendum on independence in September. Iraqi government condemns move.
* Saudi Arabia and allies hail Trump warning to Qatar Gulf states ignore a separate US call for them to ease their economic blockade.
* Syrian army reaches Iraqi border, warns against US interference The first units of the Syrian army and of President Bashar al-Assad's allies arrived at the border with Iraq for the first time since the outbreak of the civil war more than six years ago; pro-Assad alliance threatens to hit US positions in Syria; 'self-restraint' over US air strikes will end if they cross 'red lines.'
* Failed US policies at the heart of Middle East problem Analysis: The old understanding between Tehran and the Sunni radicals‚Äîthat Iran is immune to attacks-was shattered Wednesday.